Aside from a lot of free stuff (American Apparel shirts, water bottles and yoyos being handed out at The Point booth? Someone's got some serious venture capitol!), there have been some good parties and oodles of young, nerdy men who will soon go back to DC available to buy and/or fetch me drinks at them.
The winning party tonight was definitely the Huffington Post/GQ party at Lambert's. Good scene, non-netroots people who looked like they were more GQ than HuffPo, if you get my drift, and free food. I haven't ever seen deviled eggs in a bar, but then again, I've never been to a bar that had GQ magazines sitting on every table.
First, this guy from the DLCC was mad because I apparently triggered the Google alert back in DC and all of his colleagues made fun of the picture I put up of him from yesterday. So we did another take. What do you DLCC people think of this one?
This is Kenton Ngo, who is 17 years old and has been blogging since he was in the womb. He was on the panel about kid bloggers which I hear Matt Glazer was a co-panelist on. When asked about his hat, Ngo said he likes the quirky hat because it "attracts print journalists." Right. So I guess print media isn't dead? Ironically, Kenton's blog was hacked into today so when I tried to go to 750 Volts on my Blackberry, there was this huge link farm for Viagra on his blog instead. Kenton just about had a meltdown. Kenton is also from DC and struggles with the fact that he has a flip-phone.
I couldn't make this stuff up, people.
The beauty of being young and in a WiFi zone is that when you meet someone new, you can instantly Facebook them and subsequently Google the heck out of them. And I say that without the slightest bit of innuendo. Here, Jim Walsh from DLCC Web and I share an intimate meta-moment.
Also at Lambert's was Baratunde Thurston, a comedian, blogger and the emcee of Netroots Nation 2008. He thinks Austin feels naked without SXSW to which I had to keep from saying "Yes, without all of those skinny jeans in town, we really do."
Last but not least, I met Ed Kilgore who is a political analyst and writes for the likes of Salon.com and The Democratic Strategist. I talked to him for a long time about the changing face of Austin, speechwriting, and Hunter S. Thompson.